UEFA boss under CAF fire for interference
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG – THE Confederation of African Football (CAF) and its European counterpart appeared headed for a collision course following comments attributed to the President of the latter regarding the scheduling of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
In a televised broadcast on the evening of Sunday, the President of the Union of European Football Association (UEFA), Michel Platini, questioned maintaining the scheduled date of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015.
Morocco has reportedly given up the rights to host the tournament owing to the deadly Ebola ravaging West Africa.
“On this issue, many speakers, including Mr Platini, have been making reference to the World Health Organization (WHO) to justify their support for a deferral of the championship,” CAF stated.
The organisation said this was without any reference to a single recommendation of that organization that the postponement of any sporting event on the African continent or outside, in other countries where cases are reported, with which the CAF has been in constant contact since the beginning of the epidemic on the continent.
CF argued that apart from the three countries heavily affected by the epidemic namely; Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, where the WHO has clearly indicated to CAF on the need to avoid huge gatherings, that measure for now only applies to no other country on the continent.
“CAF under the leadership of its President, Issa Hayatou, has always promoted free expression within it.
“Far from it therefore, claim to deprive anyone latitude to express themselves,” the organisation said.
It was wary of what appeared in every way as interference by Platini in cases involving first and foremost Africa and CAF.
“Under the principle of non-interference required to comply, CAF has refrained so far to comment on some issues on the managing of European football or any other continent.”
It alluded to double standards.
“Despite the risks involved in armed conflict in Ukraine, a country where a civilian plane was shot down killing nearly 300 people, UEFA did not consider it necessary to exclude Ukrainian clubs from its competitions as a security parameter by hosting games outside this nation, as treacherously raised once it is about Africa.”
– CAJ News
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